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Anti-drone startup attracts carrier interest, high-profile investors

Drones are changing the workflow for many providers of wireless infrastructure, but not all drones are helpful. Unmanned aerial vehicles can be used to photograph sensitive information, disrupt air traffic, smuggle weapons into prisons, and support terrorist activities. Recognizing that drones are not welcome in...

Ericsson veterans take on enterprise Wi-Fi with Comcast backing

Artificial intelligence is not just for connected cars and video games, according to former Ericsson employees who have set out to disrupt the $12 billion market for wireless local area networks. KodaCloud, a startup led by veterans of Ericsson and BelAir Networks, is betting...

In-building update: Wi-Fi plays a central role as hetnets evolve

Equipment vendors often see the market for in-building wireless solutions through the lens of their own product offerings, but the "boots on the ground" who deploy systems may have a more holistic view of what works for enterprise customers. These installers and integrators are...

Ericsson, HP partner on Wi-Fi, small cells

Ericsson and Hewlett-Packard announced a partnership focused on enterprise solutions, particularly Wi-Fi and indoor small cell deployments. The two companies – also in the mix is HP's fully owned Aruba Networks – signed a bilateral resale agreement that will allow Ericsson to sell Aruba Networks'...

MediaTek unveils $300M venture fund

MediaTek revealed plans for a $300 million venture fund for investing in startups. The Taiwanese chipset maker simultaneously launched a new investment arm known as MediaTek Ventures as a vehicle for the fund, which will target the "Internet of Things," Internet infrastructure and services and...

Wi-Fi roaming facilitated by new Passpoint features

The Wi-Fi Alliance has enhanced Passpoint, the multivendor standard designed for seamless identification and authentication of Wi-Fi hot spots. Service providers can now distribute their specific subscriber policies, such as which networks to join and in what order of preference. In addition, users can...

Aruba has another record quarter

Aruba Networks reported record revenue of $188.8 million for the most recent quarter, up 28% from the $147.1 million that it recorded during the same period last year, and its CEO credited its position in the 802.11ac market for its momentum. The company also narrowed...

HetNet News: Time Warner launches HotSpot 2.0 nationally

This week in small cell, distributed antenna system and Wi-Fi news: -- Time Warner Cable has added HotSpot 2.0 technology on most of the Wi-Fi access points in its national network, and says that it is "the largest Passpoint-enabled network in the country." The company is...

HetNet News: Westell acquires Cellular Specialties

Westell Technologies Inc. has acquired Cellular Specialties Inc. for $39 million. CSI develops in-building wireless systems including distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cell connectivity. Rick Gilbert, chairman and CEO of Westell, called CSI a "great complement" to Westell's portfolio for site solutions and "an...

Aruba posts record revenue

Aruba Networks, Inc. posted record revenue of $176.4 million in its most recent quarter, up 14% from the same period last year and up 10% sequentially. The company performed better than the top range of its guidance. Its net loss also widened, growing from $10.7...

Equipment Round-Up: New gear from Aruba, Cambium

A number of new network-related equipment announcements have been made lately, so here's a quick round-up of the new gear and solutions available. Aruba Networks has launched access points for 802.11ac outdoor connectivity. Its new Aruba 270 series has a small form factor, is available...

HetNet News: Fibertech activates small cell site; Aruba sees boost for 802.11ac

Fiber optic broadband provider Fibertech Networks said that it has activated what it believes is the first outdoor metro small cell site in the country. Fibertech did not name the "wireless carrier carrying commercial traffic" who is using the site, but noted that it holds contracts...

HetNet News: Gogo chooses DragonWave for backhaul

In-flight Wi-Fi provider Gogo Inc. has selected packet microwave supplier DragonWave Inc. to support its ongoing expansion. The two companies have been working together for several years and are expanding their relationship. Gogo's technology is available on more than 2,000 commercial aircraft and more than 6,500...

HetNet News: Hughes and Aruba partner on retail Wi-Fi service

Satellite broadband provider Hughes Network Systems LLC is partnering with Aruba Networks on a new managed Wi-Fi service for retailers which optimizes network traffic from the in-store wireless local area network (LAN) to the corporate wide-area network (WAN). The two companies said that the...

HetNet News: Verizon boosts NorCal network

Verizon Wireless has turned on new network sites across California, boosting its 3G and LTE coverage in areas including Modesto, Contra Costa County, Sacramento, Fresno County, Gilroy, Alameda County, Santa Cruz, Sonoma County and San Jose, among others. --SNS Research expects that heterogeneous network infrastructure...

Aruba Networks reports record revenue, but losses up

Aruba Networks, Inc. had record revenue of $160.9 million for the most recent quarter, up 11% year-over-year -- however, the company's losses increased as well, with a net loss of $7.8 million recorded for the quarter, compared to a $0.8 million loss during the...

HetNet News: Dual-mode small cells from SpiderCloud; InfoVista aquires Aexio

SpiderCloud Wireless has launched an enterprise small cell that simultaneously offers both UMTS and LTE service. One of the limitations on small cells thus far has been that most offerings have been single mode, so carriers would have to roll out multiple small cell...

HetNet News: Aruba supports 802.11ac deployments

Aruba Networks announced two new deployments of next-generation Wi-Fi technology. The company said its 802.11ac equipment is being used at both Stony Brook University and the Australian Catholic Education Office in Sydney. Aruba said the latter is one of the largest installations of 802.11ac to...

HetNet News: DAS in MLB stadiums; Aruba expands distribution

DAS provider TE Connectivity announced some of its recent Major League Baseball stadium installations to improve 3G and "4G" coverage. TE’s InterReach Spectrum, InterReach Fusion and FlexWave Prism DAS products have been recently deployed at stadiums including Yankee Stadium; Citifield, home of the New York...

HetNet News: Sprint expands LTE markets

Sprint turned on Long Term Evolution service in 34 markets today, mostly in the South and Midwest. The markets included Oklahoma City; Amarillo, Tex.; Greenville, Miss.; Montgomery, Ala.; and Salem, Ore. A full list is available here. The carrier now has 185 LTE markets around...

HetNet News: Sprint on track to turn down U.S. Cellular network in STL

Sprint Nextel said it is on schedule to shut down part of the network assets it received in a deal earlier this year to purchase markets from U.S. Cellular. Sprint said it will turn down the U.S. Cellular network in the St. Louis metropolitan area,...

HetNet News: Aruba boosts revenue; new LTE DAS antenna from Galtronics

Aruba Networks recorded revenue of $153.1 million during the quarter ended July 31, a substantial boost from the $139.2 million during the same period last year. “We exceeded our fourth quarter revenue expectations and added a record number of new customers,” said Dominic Orr, Aruba’s president...

HetNet News: Ruckus acquires LBS company

Ruckus Wireless has acquired a location-based services company, YFind Technologies Private Limited. Terms of the deal were not disclosed; YFind specializes in indoor positioning and real-time location analytics. Ruckus said that it "intends to enable new location-based services by combining its unique, Smart Wi-Fi technology with...

HetNet News: Dragonwave results; new IEEE 802.11 standard work

Microwave backhaul vendor DragonWave reported a net loss of about $6.6 million for the quarter ended May 31, its fiscal first quarter of 2014. That figure is roughly half of the $12.6 million loss in the same period during the prior year. Revenues for the...

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